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Community Insights Internet of Things Net Giants

Real Customer Service Can’t Happen Yet on Smart Speakers

It’s easy to imagine a world in which companies collaborate to provide voice-enabled customer service through virtual personal assistants. In fact, it could be a major economic enabler. But Amazon Alexa and Google Home aren't smart enough yet.   More

Arts & Culture Media & Marketing

Goodbye, Hollywood

Hollywood is now irrelevant. The assets of the old studios barely matter anymore. The media companies that succeed will be those that can capitalize on lower cost formats while maximizing reach.    More

Science Space

Scientists Prepare for a Mission to Mars

NASA is serious about putting people on Mars in the coming years. And after a major study of the biological effects of long-duration space flight, the agency is one giant leap closer to realizing that goal. John Charles, scientist in residence at the NASA Johnson Space Center, presented some findings from that study as well […]   More

Articles We Like Healthcare

Digital Health is Complicated

Haunting stories out of Facebook are contrasted with a pro-mental health initiative by Instagram; Uber and Lyft are planning to save the health care industry billions; and the eradication of polio is in the hands of lab technicians. This week in digital health news.   More

Analytics & Data Government Net Giants

To Regulate Facebook and Google, Turn Users Into Customers

The seductive idea that we can enjoy free internet services -- if we just view ads and turn over our data -- has been recognized to be “the original sin” of the Internet. Requiring internet platforms to generate revenue from users could drive better corporate behavior.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Science

Why Thursday Is Rare Disease Day

With the exception of primetime medical dramas, you don’t hear much about rare diseases. But just because they’re “rare” — in the U.S., that’s a guideline used for diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans — doesn’t mean they’re scarce. Rare Disease Day, held this year on February 28th, raises awareness for rare diseases and reminds us that these conditions have an outsize impact.   More

Democracy Net Giants The Internet

The Internet Civil War

The internet is in jeopardy. A small band of global technology companies have achieved a scale and influence that dwarfs most countries, and an existential split over the internet has emerged between nations. If we are going to retain the internet's extraordinary social, economic, and democratic power, we must push back.   More

Net Giants

Why Big Cap Tech is So Big

Uneven outcomes, for companies and people, are inescapable. And uneven outcomes often lead to gigantic companies. That is often good for all of us, but when data is mishandled, even the biggest net giants risk displacement.   More

Media & Marketing Partner Insights

Fake News is a Business Crisis Too

News fraud is already an established issue in finance, and scammers have found increasingly sophisticated ways of manipulating markets. But the rise of a type of algorithmic trading that considers news and social media has created a new class of risk.   More

Healthcare Partner Insights

Telemedicine Could Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

The U.S. does not get sufficient bang for all the bucks it spends on healthcare – the highest percentage of GDP in the world. But telemedicine can contribute to major progress, says Philips U.S. CEO Vitor Rocha.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Opinion

Skeptics Unfairly Target UK Gene Sequencing Initiative

A new UK initiative has stirred debate about DNA analysis for healthy people. The program allows patients to pay to get their genome sequenced and analyzed if they agree to let the data be used in research. Author Salisbury says the UK controversy largely misses the point.   More

Finance Net Giants

Why Amazon Will Keep Winning

Amazon's latest results only underscore the scale of the company's opportunity. Our resident analysts deconstruct the earnings and explain why you should be optimistic, if you weren't already, about this amazing company's continuing potential to win.   More

Community Insights Jobs Managing

To Build a Skilled U.S. Workforce, Change Systems – and Stigmas

By overvaluing expensive and elitist education and failing to innovate around existing skills-focused models, we are boxing out low-income Americans.  It’s time for new systems to empower all Americans to thrive in a changing workforce.   More

Democracy Government Tech & Society

What Two 2020 Presidential Candidates Said on the Techonomy Stage

Presidential candidates Sen. Cory Booker and Andrew Yang are advocates for tech and believers in its economic importance. Yes, they are techonomists, and both have spoken on our stage. Hear their take on the issues in these exclusive conference videos.   More

Media & Marketing

The Media Industry Explained: Hidden Costs and 3 Hindenburgs

Smashed Television

What the hell is going on with media?  By virtually all measures, confidence in it has eroded. To bring clarity as to why and how this happened, it’s helpful to understand the components of the ecosystem.    More

Sustainable Development Goals Tech & Society

My Trump-Era Davos Takeaways: Optimism on UN & Climate

The reports may have made it sound grim, but my takeaway from Davos was optimism about beating back climate change. And the idea that business can make money while doing good for the planet and society is a more and more mainstream idea.   More

Business Finance Partner Insights

How tech companies allocate capital can make a huge difference to shareholders

Making the right capital allocation decisions is essential if technology companies are going to grow over the long-term and maximize shareholder returns. Capital allocation decisions are even more important now because interest rates are rising, as is geopolitical uncertainty. As many tech companies begin to unwind their debt positions and are less inclined to borrow, […]   More

Government International Affairs Tech & Society

Why Silicon Valley Demands Diplomats

In 2017 Denmark elevated technology and digitalization to a foreign policy priority, and appointed Casper Klynge ambassador to Silicon Valley. He was just profiled in the New York Times, so we are republishing this essay he wrote for us earlier this year. He will speak at Techonomy 2019 in November.   More

Global Tech Net Giants

David Kirkpatrick’s Travel Journal: JFK-SIN-MUC, Facebook, Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

Editor-in-chief David Kirkpatrick is in the midst of a round-the-world swing for Techonomy, doing interviews and moderating programs. From Singapore to Munich, to Davos, David shares highlights from his interview with Jerry Yang, his takeaways from Sheryl Sandberg's appearance at DLD, and more.   More

Artificial Intelligence Jobs Partner Insights

Study: AI Fears Diminish, But People Seek Help Reskilling

A new study finds people less freaked out about workplace automation than in the past. But it also finds companies more confident than workers that there is enough retraining and preparing going on. The transition is going to require a bigger societal effort than is yet underway.   More